Visit to SIPRI and Meeting with Hedi Fried and Stina Wirsen
Today, Crown Princess Victoria had two events in Stockholm. She first visited Stockholm’s International Peace Research Institue (SIPRI).
Crown Princess Victoria was due to visit SIPRI on January 31st but she had to cancel her visit last minute because she had a cold so the visit was rescheduled to today. SIPRI studies issues of peace and conflicts with a focus on disarmament and was founded in 1966 to celebrate 150 years of peace in Sweden. Upon her arrival, Crown Princess Victoria was welcomed by Jan Eliasson, the chairman of SIPRI. She then visited the institute and learned more about SIPRI’s work, visions and activities.
Afterward, she held an Audience at Haga Palace for Hedi Fried and Stina Wirsen. Hedi Fried is a holocaust survivor who came to live in Sweden in 1945. Since then she has become an author and psychologist. She travels the country visiting schools to tell about the Holocaust. This Wednesday, she was awarded the Seraphim Medal by King Carl-Gustaf for her efforts in the fight for democracy and human values. Stina Wirsen was born in 1968 in Stockholm. She is a children book author and illustrator. Hedi Fried and Stina Wirsen created a book together called Historien om Bodri about a friendship that survives the Holocaust.